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The Swarm

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  8,310 ratings  ·  595 reviews
For more than two years, one book has taken over Germany's hardcover and paperback bestseller lists, reaching number one in Der Spiegel and setting off a frenzy in bookstores: The Swarm.

Whales begin sinking ships. Toxic, eyeless crabs poison Long Island's water supply. The North Sea shelf collapses, killing thousands in Europe. Around the world, countries are beginning to
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This is probably the only non-political book where I wanted to punch the author in the face after reading it. Possibly the most irritating book I have read since The Dark Tower. the book is fine for about 600 pages, then Frank loses it completely.

First off, if after 600 pages you don't care whether a single character lives or dies, you know your in trouble. Secondly, if you are going to make the argument that everyone is just a mass of DNA and everything we do is the sole outcome of that DNA, w
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 22, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
Nature strikes back. This is the most important message of this book: we have to take care of our environment and that definitely includes the sea, the ocean. In this wonderful sci-fi book, a group of scientists have to fight against the Yrr, an alien kind of one-celled microorganisms found in the bottom of the sea that have the ability to eat away the continental drift and when these pesky creatures destroy the drift, it causes tsunami and flooding. These Yrr can even pollute small crabs and lo ...more
Pretty good yarn if not taken too seriously. The strengths are that the story is obviously well researched and the biological and scientific explanations given look quite convincing (although my knowledge of the field is admittedly limited). The "enemy" is interesting and adequately mind-boggling for a sci-fi yarn. The cons: The characterization is pretty weak, and some of the characters are far too cartoonish to be convincing (Judith Li, Greywolf...); the technique of the all knowing narrator i ...more
Sigur Johanson is a wormologist (He's actually a biologist at the university Trontheim and an expert for worms). Accidentally, there's a strange species of deep sea worms that eat a lot of stuff with complicated names. Things threaten to collapse on a continental level. Basically, the world as we know it will crumble under the impact of worms (so far so awesome).

Leon Anawak is a whalist (he's a maritime scientist and studies whale behaviour) and is taken aback when he watches whales attack boats
Morad Bagoury
This is by far one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. First off, the plot is beyond epic. For as long as we can remember, we have always thought about the existence of aliens in outer space, but we rarely thought about them being underwater. This is where Schatzing does his magic and really gets you going. Many of you know the famous line:
We know more about space than we know about our own oceans
Well, this statement is out into action after (view spoiler)
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars for this Crichton-esque brick of a sea-thriller.

On one hand you have whales, crabs, dolphins, sea worms, shoals, and sharks galore. All awesome. Oh and the top fru-fru Parisian restaurant infested with gooey lobsters. Right on. Also, there's some interesting thoughts on life-forms, consciousness, collectives and intelligence. I'll be thinking about those ideas for a while, even if they aren't anything new. The thriller and horror part of the story was plenty in
A well written thriller with a very interesting plot. Despite its strengths it is held back by an unlikely premise and the author's inability to stop pontificating about international politics through his characters.

It reads like a bit like a multi-writer Mary Sue story. I don't mean the fact that pretty much every important character is a certifiable genius, that's fine since the story revolves around the top experts in multiple fields working together. Okay, that's wrong, it's not fine. It's
Aug 30, 2008 Reina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reina by: Gálceran
Reseña, tomada de:

"Probablemente muchos pensarán que no serán capaces de leer un libro de 969 páginas. Es cierto que es difícil mantener el interés durante una obra tan extensa, pero estoy seguro de que El quinto día, de Frank Schätzing, no os defraudará. Con un ritmo trepidante, casi desde la primera página y hasta la última, cabalgando entre la ciencia ficción y la divulgación científica, este autor alemán os mantendrá enganchados y os sorprenderá con un
Valeer Damen
Schätzing has done a great amount of research for this, inquiring at actual marine biology institutes and other knowledge centres. If you look around a bit, you will note that his information is still up to date.

He manages to tread the fine line between too much information and superficiality very well. He makes accessible scientific information to a lay audience, which might be the most praiseworthy author's activity there is. I'd be grateful if he could write a book like this on every other su
A great plot idea by a terrible author. Not recommended. Characters are flat, one-dimensional, and predictable, at times the book is downright sexist and, yes, racist. Language (I read the German original) is puerile and often vulgar in a dumb, embarrassing way. While some of the science in the book appears plausible to me, other aspects are strangely under-researched: Who ever heard of the rank of "general commander" in the US Navy? The absolute low is when Schätzing descends into the depths of ...more
Es fängt leise und kaum bemerkt an: Vor Peru verschwindet ein Fischer. Einige Zeit darauf beginnen verschiedene Tierarten, sich merkwürdig zu verhalten. Wale scheinen plötzlich aggressiv und attackieren Boote. Vor Norwegen finden Exploratoren eines Ölkonzerns Massen von Würmern, die nicht nur nicht dorthin gehören, sondern auch seltsame Mutationen aufweisen. Doch das alles ist erst der Anfang…

Mit “Der Schwarm” hat Frank Schätzing wohl das Werk seines Lebens geschrieben. Ich kann gar nicht genug
Free Fall
After I read this book for the first time, it remained my favorite for half a year. I still enjoy going back and reading my favorite parts occasionally. On the other hand, it's really heavy. Difficult to curl up in bed with.

The plot starts with several scientists scattered around the world who start to notice odd things about the ocean. The odd and disturbing occurrences build up until - bam - apocalypse. Actually, it's a small version of the apocalypse, but close enough.

And the scientists gathe
wow, wow. wow wow wow wow wow.

this book stole my nights last december. i almost missed christmas for the sake of finishing it as soon as i could. i dare say it is one of the best books i ever ever read. of the books of its kind, i mean. too many days in december i felt drowsy because i was unable to put the book back on the night stand the previous night.

i read this book in its german original and enjoyed reading in my own language so much. schätzing did an impressive job, researching all the fa
1032 intense pagine gustate a pieno, fino alla nota dell’autore e i ringraziamenti finali!
È vero che una risposta è sempre la fine di una ricerca ma è altrettanto vero che più la ricerca si spinge nel microcosmo più esso si rivela immenso e nessun luogo è più sconosciuto delle profondità abissali.
Ed è l’abisso che si solleva contro gli uomini per lo schifo che si ritrova dentro a partire da centinaia di migliaia di km di cavi a fibre ottiche che formano in tutto il mondo la spina dorsale dell’e
Mille pagine di capolavoro intrise di profonde conoscenze su tutto ciò che può interessare: psicologia, biologia, genetica, sociologia, e chi più ne ha più ne metta, e che si lasciano leggere in maniera sorprendentemente veloce e a ritmo serrato.
Semplicemente, a questo romanzo, un difetto è quasi impossibile trovarlo, o quantomeno a me non riesce di vederne uno. I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati, si muovono con estremo realismo e interagiscono a diversi levelli di profondità emotiva. La stori
Doğan Kaytan
Normalde bir kitabı 4-5 gün gibi bir sürede bitirmeme rağmen Sürü kitabını bitirmemin yaklaşık 25 gün sürdüğünü belirtmek isterim öncelikle. Ama bu kitabın sıkıcı olduğundan değil, yazı puntosunun gerçekten çok küçük olmasıyla alakalıydı, bunun dışında kitap için söyleyebilecek tek kelime kötü söz bulamıyorum. Kesinlikle son zamanlarda okuduğum en iyi Bilimkurgu/Macera türündeki romandı.

Bilim kurgu türünde bi kitap olmasına rağmen, kurgu kısmını anlatmadan önce yazarın verdiği bilgilerle kitap
Feb 06, 2010 Jay rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mita
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Jan 23, 2008 Christina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vacationers, beach bums, science geeks
Recommended to Christina by: my sister...
I really enjoyed this book in spite of the author's glib b.s. politics and his supremely b.s. hairstyle. This is clearly a man with so much ego it passes for no self respect. Let's be honest, it was tasty paperback fare.
Take that as you will.
Wow! What an achievement! The story begins with strange happenings in the ocean and its creatures, and takes a tremendous twist - the jacket cover description of an 'ecological thriller' is apt. So rather than talk about the story, I will talk about the writing.

The first thing that really struck me was the pace of the book. It begins as the events do - slow, sporadic, and almost lethargic. The reader is lulled into a feeling that strange things are happening, but they are going to take a long ti
This is a gripping book, and in his first part a thrilling one. The author spent several years to get all the scientific background that let him to write a convincing story. And he really achieved his objective, because the text results highly precise describing the stunning nature, at the same time it never loses pace.

The main focus of the plot is a world biological crisis, although the main characters don’t realize the magnitude of the events until the middle of the book. The story begins slow
Jennifer Barbee
I felt very half-and-half on this novel. I felt as though it worked very well when it was a disaster/adventure novel, and often became extremely tedious when it got mired in politics and the minutae of scientific theory. I think that my favorite part about this book was this:

I bought the book used on Amazon, and it arrived still tagged and stamped from the Brooklyn Public Library. Peppered through the book was a commentary written in pencil by (what I would judge by the handwriting to be) a teen
Dan Henk
A good, but flawed book.
Great setup, great concept, and you can tell the author did his homework on the technical details. A fairly long book, but the writing flows easily, and the suspenseful premise keeps you reading. That is, until towards the end. I would say it suffers from the same affliction as the movie Event Horizon. Amazing beginning, great concept, with a storyline that winds you up, making you expect a great payoff. Which isn't quite there. Partially, it's the final concept, and part
Es war eines der originellsten und beschreibungstechnisch am detailliertesten geschriebenen Bücher die ich je las.
Hat meine Leselust überhaupt erst geweckt!
I read this because it was recommended by a colleague and the environmentalist stand was close to my heart.

Made it through around 200 pages before I gave up, having realised I had just wasted 2 weeks of my reading life. (The fact that it took me 2 weeks to read 200 pages says it all.) It's just one long bla bla bla bla bla of "scientificky" jargon. The only mildy interesting part was the chef being attacked by a lobster, but since it takes about 5 lines in the telling, don't hold your breath.

I haven't liked a book this much in a long time, but I'm sure it's not for everyone... It reads a lot like a Michael Crichton book; disaster novel backed up with a lot of science, which the author takes the time to give a simple overview. But the end-of-the-world scenario is refreshingly unique: the sea is fighting back against humanity's poisoning. The first half is an Eco-thriller of epic proportions. The last few pages end with some deep thinking questions. All in all, an excellent read.
I didn't hate this book. But I didn't love it either. Maybe all the American stuff bothered me a little... But I'm an American so I'm sensitive. Maybe it was all just too much. I would not say "do not read this book, it sucks", I would say if you want to take on this 800+ whopper be prepared to be bombarded with biology overload and totally confusing conclusion. If you don't have anything else to read for the next month or longer, go for it. But buy some extra strength headache medicine.
Bu kitabı okumak istiyorsanız gerçekten çok, çok sabırlı olmak zorundasınız. Kitabın son 3te 1lik kısmına kadar neredeyse hiç bir aksiyon yok. Bir grup bilim adamının özel hayatları anlatılıyor genelde, arada da dünyanın her yanından gelen garip haberler paylaşılıyor okurla. Gemilere çarpan balinalar, sahilleri istila eden yengeçler, hastalık taşıyan ıstakozlar (ıyy). Kitap kısa da değil. Sonu ise kitabın geri kalanının tersine fazla heyecanlı. Olaya CIA karışıyor, cinayetler, ihanetler, komplo ...more
Un bel thrillerone fantascientifico... ogni tanto ci vuole. :)
a great sci-fi book mixed in with an ecological theme. It was interesting to follow the perspective of Schatzing's take on the Americans. The American characters with somewhat stereotypical and caricatures that foreigners might imagine. The President was a sort of disturbed Christian that really could only interpret all information handed to him as being a "sign" of the Apocalypse and America's lack of morals causing the crisis. While the fundamentalist President created the perfect "Christian s ...more
The Swarm is a Thriller, which makes is usually absolutely the kind of book which I would not read. I read it because it’s my dad’s favourite book, too, and he kept bugging me to read it. Thank God I did.
I know that not all of Frank Schätzing’s book are genius type things as this one, most of them are rather mediocre.
But he really did it with this one.
First of all, he has an amazing writing style for a Thriller writer, he constructs the character very well, so that you can basically relate to an
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Schätzing was born in Cologne and studied communication studies; he later ran his own company, an advertising agency named INTEVI, in Cologne. Schätzing became a writer in 1990, and penned several novellas and satires. His first published novel was the historical Tod und Teufel in 1995, and in 2000 his thriller Lautlos.

Schätzing achieved his greatest success in 2004 with the science fiction thrill
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“I'm a reasonable kind of guy. If I hear something that seems to make sense, I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. If the alternative explanation has to be pounded into shape before it fits the mould of our experience, it seems to me that it's unlikely to be true.” 7 likes
“It was the mystery that biologists from Darwin onwards had been longing to solve. How could we understand the ability of fish and seals to survive in the cold dark waters of the Antarctic? How could humans see inside a biotope that was sealed with layers of ice? What would the Earth look like from the sky, if we crossed the Mediterranean on the back of a goose? How did it feel to be a bee? How could we measure the speed of an insect’s wings and its heartbeat, or monitor its blood pressure and eating patterns? What was the impact of human activities, like shipping noise or subsea explosions, on mammals in the depths? How could we follow animals to places where no human could venture?” 1 likes
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